Pieces of News

December 15, 2019

The Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) are pleased to announce the 2020 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship, to encourage and support research use of the Eudora Welty Collection and related materials at MDAH by graduate students. The fellowship seeks to nurture scholars at the beginning of their academic careers, in order to increase their lifelong interest in, and promote continued academic and public appreciation of, Eudora Welty’s life and works. The fellow will conduct primary research in residence at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, Mississippi. One competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered to a student enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university, with preference given to a doctoral candidate. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses during the recipient’s two-week minimum stay from May to September 2020. (Ineligible costs include childcare, photo framing/matting, and computer hardware or software.) The stipend will be paid in increments, with the final payment conditional upon submission of a summary report of research findings. Each candidate will submit a proposal that includes a description of the intended publication or product(s) resulting from his or her research (e.g., paper, article, book, lecture, exhibit, broadcast, website, etc.), vita, and a letter of recommendation from his or her academic advisor. The Welty Foundation and MDAH will have the opportunity to utilize the product(s) if they are deemed appropriate and of benefit to the sponsoring parties.
Visit the foundation website for an application and more information. Applications must be received by February 28, 2020.


June 24, 2019

The University Press of Mississippi has a new series, Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty, edited by Harriet Pollack. The series seeks to celebrate and preserve the legacy of Eudora Welty through scholarship and to explore new issues in Welty studies. These fresh approaches will reinforce the continued relevancy of Welty's work to such contemporary topics as popular culture; social justice; and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. The series, composed of both monographs and edited collections, will serve as a worthy commemoration to and celebration of one of the South's greatest treasures. The inaugural volume in the series, New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race, explores Welty's artistic commentary on her time and place and the way it unfolded as the United States became more socially aware. Future volumes in the series will address Welty's engagement with the mystery genre and Welty's multimedia influences. As the leading publisher in Welty studies, University Press of Mississippi is pleased to enrich discussion of Welty's oeuvre by providing framework and guidance for her readership in years to come.

May 31, 2019

Congratulations to Christin Marie Taylor, whose beautiful book Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South (UPM) is now out.  One fourth of the book is on Eudora Welty.

A fresh consideration of the impact of black radicalism on black characters in southern modernism

From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Popular Front produced a significant era in African American literary radicalism. While scholars have long associated the black radicalism of the Popular Front with the literary left and the working class, Christin Marie Taylor considers how black radicalism influenced southern fiction about black workers, offering a new view of work and labor.

At the height of the New Deal era and its legacies, Taylor examines how southern literature of the Popular Front not only addressed the familiar stakes of race and labor but also called upon an imagined black folk to explore questions of feeling and desire. By poring over tropes of black workers across genres of southern literature in the works of George Wylie Henderson, William Attaway, Eudora Welty, and Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Taylor reveals the broad reach of black radicalism into experiments with portraying human feelings.

These writers grounded interrelationships and stoked emotions to present the social issues of their times in deeply human terms. Taylor emphasizes the multidimensional use of the sensual and the sexual, which many protest writers of the period, such as Richard Wright, avoided. She suggests Henderson and company used feeling to touch readers while also questioning and reimagining the political contexts and apparent victories of their times. In effect, these writers, some who are not considered a part of an African American protest tradition, illuminated an alternative form of protest through poignant paradigms.

CHRISTIN MARIE TAYLOR is assistant professor of English at Shenandoah University. Taylor's work has appeared in Southern Quarterly, Southern Cultures, American Literature in Transition: 1960-1970, and the Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature as well as Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First-Century Approaches, published by University Press of Mississippi.

176 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 4 b&W illustrations

October 9, 2018

Richard Ford will deliver the third annual Eudora Welty lecture at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m. He is the co-editor with Michael Kreyling of the two volumes of Welty’s complete works for the Library of America series.

August 5, 2018

Dr. Katy Simpson Smith, novelist and historian, will be the first to hold the newly created Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College: Eudora Welty Chair

July 18, 2018

Eds. Jacob Agner and Harriet Pollack
Edited Collection CFP

It’s no secret that southern author Eudora Welty was an adamant believer in mystery. In so many of her fictions and photographs, Welty’s genius relies heavily on the puzzling detail, the withholding plot, the cryptic conclusion, and the opaque mystery at the heart of her characters’ motivations. It is less known, however, how often in these puzzling stories Welty engages with the mystery genre. A prolific reader and moviegoer, Welty was an enthusiastic fan of crime and detective fiction, and consequently, from her Depression-era collection A Curtain of Green (1941) through her Civil Rights stories (1960s) and late-life manuscripts, many of her fictions in unexpected ways touch the topics of murder, mystery, and mayhem, of criminal psychology, detective work, policing, and/or justice. Not coincidentally, the most productive period of Welty’s career (approximately from 1941 to 1955) coincides with the “classic” film noir phase in Hollywood cinema. Then in her late life, Welty shared a literary relationship and epistolary intimacy with crime writer Ross Macdonald (aka Kenneth Millar). Yet the full mystery of Eudora Welty’s genre work is still something to be uncovered.

This collection aims to follow the clues in Eudora Welty’s fiction, photography, juvenilia, non-fiction, correspondence, and biography to discover the ways in which Weltyworked within, against, and beyond mystery and detective fiction. How do Eudora Welty’s signature talents as a southern modernist, a woman writer, a comedic eye, and an innovative genre revisionist take on the American crime genre?

This CFP invites essays on the following topics (and more). Please address enquiries and 300-word proposals to jkagner@olemiss.edu and pollackh@cofc.edu by 12.15.18.

April 14, 2018

Sarah Gilbreath Ford is the winner of the 2017 Phoenix award, given by the Eudora Welty Society for distinguished achievement and outstanding contributions to Welty studies.

February 20, 2018

Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Mortimer have edited a collection of essays with the University Press of Mississippi entitled Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twentieth-First-Century Approaches.

November 8, 2017

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2018

Salman Rushdie gave the inaugural Eudora Welty Lecture at the Washington National Cathedral. The event was sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library.


June 6, 2016

Harriet Pollack has a new book on Welty out with University of Georgia Press entitled Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of the Other Woman.

April 7, 2016

Julia Eichelberger has been the named the winner of the 2016 Phoenix Award, given by the Eudora Welty Society for outstanding service to Welty studies.